Facial Peels and Laser Surgery
Smooth, healthy-looking skin can be yours through laser resurfacing. Harnessing the safe but highly effective power of the laser, resurfacing can remove the damaged outer layers of skin. Wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, and other imperfections can be removed with a low chance of bleeding or other complications. Laser resurfacing requires special training in laser physics and laser safety.
Chemical peels remove the topmost layer of skin through the application of various solutions. Because chemical peels have been successfully used for decades, they are a form of skin care that our patients are interested in.
One of the most common ingredients in chemical peels is TCA, or trichloroacetic acid. TCA peels successfully treat fine wrinkles and pigment problems such as age spots. Even though “deeper” chemical peels exist, TCA peels can be used on a wider range of patients and require a shorter recovery period.
If you would like to renew the appearance of your skin and minimize sun damaged and blemished skin, a chemical peel may be the most effective skin care procedure for you. During your consultation, Dr. Pryor will determine the best kind of peel for your skin type and your cosmetic goals.
A unique, state-of-the-art method of facial rejuvenation developed in 1986, the exoderm lift is a chemical peel administered for a deep effect. The exoderm lift will help with acne scars and reverse the signs of aging and sun damage such as wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and pigmented spots. Under milder treatments, this dramatic chemical peel can give you results after just one treatment and a brief recovery period. All skin types may benefit from this procedure resulting in smoother, softer, firmer skin with even color and texture.
To learn more about the various skin care options available at our Scottsdale practice contact Dr. Pryor today to make an appointment.
Is Skin Resurfacing For You?
Before deciding on a skin resurfacing procedure, your facial plastic surgeon may recommend a skin care regimen prior to the procedure. If you have extensive damage from aging or injury, more than one procedure may be necessary.
Making The Decision For Skin Resurfacing
After you and your surgeon decide to proceed with a chemical peel or dermabrasion, all options for the procedure will be discussed along with the risks. You will also receive information relating to each procedure. Bear in mind that neither chemical peel nor dermabrasion can correct sagging skin or halt the aging process. Furthermore, as some chemical peels lighten skin color, you must make a commitment to use sunblock. Following a thorough medical history, your surgeon will advise you as to anesthesia options, the surgical facility being used, any additional surgery options, and the costs for the procedure. Your surgeon may also suggest other surgery, either before or after your resurfacing procedure in order to enhance your overall appearance.
Dermabrasion is a surgical technique where by some deeper scars and wrinkles can be smoothed. The surgeon uses a local anesthetic and/or a freezing agent to render the skin numb. Then, using a high speed rotating brush, the surgeon removes the top layer of skin to the appropriate level for the best results. The size and depth of scars and the degree of wrinkling determine the length of the surgery.
Laser surgery is used to resurface facial skin with wrinkles caused by excess sun exposure, "crow's feet," and acne scarring. The high energy, amplified light waves of carbon dioxide (CO2) laser vaporize the top layer of skin instantly, with no beeding and minimal trauma to the surrounding skin.
What To Expect After The Surgery
In one to two weeks after surgery, new skin will emerge that is pinkis?, finer, and free of many wrinkles. But it will take several weeks for all the redness to vanish. Follow-up care involves using sunblock in order to protect the skin while new pigment is created. Patients will notice that the skin remains lighter for a long time after surgery, but that condition will usually subside when the skin's pigment level has been restored.
Facial plastic surgery makes it possible to correct many facial flaws and signs of premature aging that can undermine self-confidence. By changing how you look, cosmetic surgery can help change how you feel about yourself.
Insurance does not generally cover surgery that is done purely for cosmetic reasons. Surgery to correct or improve major deformities or accidental skin injuries may be reimbursable in whole or in part. It is the patient's responsibility to check with the insurance carrier for information on the degree of coverage.